A state Republican lawmaker in Wyoming has announced that he will challenge Rep. Liz Cheney in the state’s primary ahead of the 2022 election after she voted to impeach President Donald Trump earlier this month.
“Wyoming taxpayers need a voice in Congress who will stand up to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, and not give them cover,” state Sen. Anthony Bouchard (R) said Wednesday in announcing his bid for the state’s sole House seat.
“That’s why I’m running for Congress,” Bouchard continued, adding that he was also induced to run by Cheney’s “long-time opposition to President Trump and her most recent vote for impeachment.”
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney — also a critic of President Trump — is the chamber’s No. 3 Republican, but she also faced hefty backlash from colleagues over her vote.
She joined nine other Republicans to support impeaching Trump, whom they, and the majority of Democrats, wrongly claimed that the former president told supporters to storm the Capitol Building during his speech in Washington on Jan. 6.
“On January 6, 2021, a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death, and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic,” Cheney said in a statement a week after the riot.
“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” she said.
“Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she added.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, and other Republicans blasted Cheney and called for her to step down from her leadership of the House Republican Caucus.
“Well, I’ve called for her resignation. I don’t think she should be the chair of the Republican conference anymore,” he told Fox News earlier this month.
“The reality is, she’s not representing the conference, she’s not representing the Republican ideals,” he added. “And I think that’s a problem. She should not be our conference chair anymore and I’m not alone in that sentiment.”
He went on to predict that a “tremendous groundswell of people” would also look unfavorably on Cheney’s vote.
“In this instance, she is the conference chair. I think they should be actually whipping against an impeachment vote but they’re not gonna do that, and she’s out there advocating others to join her in impeachment,” he said. “That is wrong. And I think she should resign.”
Other Republicans agreed, including freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
“She doesn’t represent Republican voters by supporting this political witch-hunt impeachment of President Trump,” she noted on Twitter. “She is not connected to the base and is voting for a hurtful lie.”
“When Representative Cheney came out for impeachment today, she failed to consult with the Conference, failed to abide by the spirit of the rules of the Republican Conference, and ignored the preferences of Republican voters,” Rep. Matt Rosendale, (R-Mont.), added.
The Wyoming Republican Party also issued a rare condemnation.
Not all Republicans were in alignment, however.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas came to Cheney’s defense and pushed back against calls for her removal.
“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” he wrote on Twitter. “She will continue to be a much-needed leader in the conference, with my full support. We can disagree without tearing each other apart.”
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